Dear Dr. Ellie:
Hi again. I don’t know where you sit on the whole issue (or whether you even consider it an issue to ponder!) regarding the origins of xylitol (hardwood, corn cobs, etc), but I found an interesting (albeit slightly sarcastically toned) article on the topic.
Very interesting article and thanks for sending it to me!
I actually take the origin of my xylitol seriously I worry about the origin of xylitol in the same way that I worry about the origin and purity of chocolate, milk or any other consumable.
Before starting the Zellies company, I paid a substantial amount of money to a researcher to find anything bad about xylitol anywhere in any journal, magazine or anything. All he came up with was a warning not to feed it to dogs. He also told me about the GMO problem with corn derived xylitol.
I decided to trust the Scandinavians to make Zellies xylitol gum (from renewable source hardwoods and birch origin). I knew this gum had been used in most of the original research so I knew it would work to control tooth decay. (As a dentist this was of vital importance to me).
Zellies mints are made in the USA. My importer of xylitol gave me a seminar much like this article. He described the importance of knowing your source going to visit the farms and developing a relationship with the vendor. If I buy chocolate I want it to be pure and good. I trust the vendor and the label.
I have worked to use the finest xylitol in Zellies products and make them with pure xylitol and no trickery. The ingredients are printed large and bold.
I give Zellies to my family and friends (we have eaten Zellies regularly for years). I never give my family or friends soda.
That should explain how seriously I take my xylitol!
Ellie Phillips, DDS